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Ask HN: Are there any online courses to learn Advanced Computer Science?
18 points by sidcool 9 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments
I am kinda bored with CRUD apps and as a 36 year old want to explore more before I kick the bucket.

Are there any good, reputed and genuine online courses/degrees (free or paid) for learning Advanced Computer Science. I am mostly interested in Distributed Systems, Advanced Algorithms & Data structures etc.

I loved Ryan O'Donnell's "Great Ideas in Theoretical Computer Science" series, you can find it on YouTube:


MIT OCW has a course on Advanced Data Structures which is just great! You can find the Fall-2017 version of it here:


I also started reading the "Streaming Systems" book which is a great reading on distributed data-intensive systems, I recommend it:


Also, you might be interested in checking out the Apache Beam, Flink, Spark and Storm projects, a lot of things happening on the front of designing data-intensive distributed systems, hacking a side project in any of these might be a fun learning activity.

Best of luck!

Well, here's two by the same author, not too recent but i think they're worthwhile. http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920041405.do


Thanks Ricca. These are valuable materials.

There are two free Udacity courses I can recommend: https://www.udacity.com/course/computability-complexity-algo... and https://www.udacity.com/course/intro-to-theoretical-computer... And Tim Roughgarden's lecture series: http://timroughgarden.org/videos.html The material isn't advanced though. For advanced comp sci courses, you probably have to pay for them. At least I haven't found anything free available.

If you are interested in distributed systems , I found the book "Designing data intensive application by Martin Kleppmann" to be a good starting point. Its not about only about distributed systems but also covers quite a bit of ground on overall data systems. https://www.amazon.com/Designing-Data-Intensive-Applications...

https://softwarefoundations.cis.upenn.edu/ is a nice introduction to computational logic, interactive theorem provers, lambda calculus, and the power of type systems.

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